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Minister Bergen addresses Special Olympics Canada to highlight benefits of Registered Disability Savings Plan

CNW | October 2, 2014, Written by CNW

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), highlighted the benefits of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) during a meeting of Special Olympics senior representatives from all regions of Canada, who gathered in Ottawa today. She encouraged Special Olympics Canada to help raise awareness about the initiative so that more eligible Canadians benefit from this long-term savings plan.

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Discrimination Found Where Lay-Off Decision Did Not Consider Disability

Global Workplace Insider | September 26, 2014, Written by Michael Torrance

In the recent decision Besner v Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) held it was discriminatory to lay-off a disabled employee after she was selected by the retention and lay-off process (“SERLO”).

The complainant was an Administrative Co-ordinator with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada suffering from several disabilities, including hearing impairment and anxiety. 

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Autism’s numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services

The National Post (July 25, 2014) Written by Moira MacDonald

Prevalence rates — numbers showing how many non-autistic people there are to each one who has the disorder — can be an important advocacy tool, Emily’s mom says. But she questions whether some of those children represented in the numbers really are in the same category as her daughter because of the huge difference between Emily’s high needs and those of other children she’s met also labelled autistic…

The most recent and widely reported statistic is that Emily is one in 68 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its spectrum nature means it covers a wide range of people, from those with a severe form, frequently accompanied by other disabilities, to milder, “high-functioning,” variations… [Read the full story]

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Services for disabled in focus: Rights tribunal to consider how Ottawa funds on-reserve programs

Winnipeg Free Press (January 4, 2014) – Written by: Mary Agnes Welch


Kevin Taylor of St. Theresa Point has cerebral palsy. He lives with his mom, Alice Taylor, who is glad the Canadian Human Rights Commission will consider whether the lack of services on reserve is discrimination.

Kevin Taylor, whose cerebral palsy means he has limited verbal skills and can only walk with the use of crutches, filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2010, alleging the disparity in services for the disabled on and off reserve amounts to discrimination.

After four years of delays and disputes over jurisdiction, Taylor, 32, got word this week the commission has found merit in his complaint and has referred it to a tribunal for a public hearing… [Read the full story here]

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